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Rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria)

Rainbow boa
Rainbow boa
Personal Information
The Zoo's male rainbow boa, Oz, was born in 1989 and arrived here in 2006.

Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The rainbow boa does not have any special status as they reproduce naturally across a majority of Northern South America.


They live in humid tropical forests and savannas of Colombia, Northern Venezuela and Northern Guiana.

The rainbow boas are carnivorous (meat eaters) and feed on small mammals, birds and reptiles.
  • This species is one of the most colorful boas, hence the name.
  • Rainbow boas are often kept as pets and bred.
  • Rainbow boas are known for their iridescent sheen.